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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:11/4/2014 - 12/1/2015
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshops
State: California
Registration Due: 4/2/15
Conf. Dates:6/6/2015 - 6/27/2015
Info:Poetry Workshops: June 20 - 27. Writers Workshops: July 6 - 13. The Community of Writers at Squaw Valley offers week-long writing workshops for poets and writers. We aim to help talented writers improve their craft achieve their goals through individual conferences, lectures, panels, readings and discussions of the craft and the business of writing. Financial aid available.
URL: Community of Writers at Squaw Valley Workshops

Title: Napa Valley Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: Priority deadline: March 16, Rolling thereafter.
Conf. Dates:7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015
Info:For 35 years, we've offered intimate poetry and fiction workshops with a focus on fellowship and craft, amidst the hills and vineyards of Northern California's Wine Country.
URL: Napa Valley Writers' Conference

Title: Yale Writers' Conference
State: CT
Registration Due: Rolling registration.
Conf. Dates:6/6/2015 - 6/21/2015
Info:An intensive and productive program for committed writers. Fiction, Novel, Memoir, Creative Non-fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Screenwriting, Young Adult, Historical Fiction. Faculty of nationally known writers including Phil Klay, Amy Bloom, Colm Toibin, Richard Selzer and Cheryl Strayed, are also inspiring and accessible teachers. Take either or both sessions. Session 1: June 6-16, Session 2: June 18-21
URL: Yale Writers' Conference

Title: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015
State: CT
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/2/2015 - 1/4/2015
Info:Geared to both experienced and emerging memoir writers, the weekend includes: 15 minute mentoring sessions with an instructor to discuss your individual writing. Specific instruction and writing exercises to help you progress with your memoir. Workshop and discussion of your work.
URL: Write Your Memoir Retreat 2015

Title: The Left Bank Writers Retreat
State: France
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:6/14/2015 - 6/19/2015
Info:Open to all levels of writers, the six-day Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris includes morning writing sessions, coaching and one-on-one time with the instructor for maximum of eight writers, as well as lunch each day, admission to museums and area sights, an excursion to Montmartre, a picnic on the banks of the Seine and a literary tour visiting many of the sites featured in the Woody Allen movie "Midnight in Paris," and Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast." The retreat welcomes fiction and memoir writers, poets and playwrights and takes place on the historic Ile Saint-Louis in heart of Paris. Writers arrange their own lodging and transportation to Paris. Tuition for the retreat is $1999.00.
URL: Left Bank Writers Retreat in Paris

Title: 40th Annual SWA Southeastern Writers Workshop
State: Georgia
Registration Due: No Registration deadline
Conf. Dates:6/19/2015 - 6/23/2015
Info:Classes include Novel, YA, Short Fiction, Memoir and more. In addition to 15 contests attendees can submit up to 3 manuscripts for FREE evaluations and meet one-on-one with any faculty member who include an agent, publisher, editors, award-winning authors, journalists, and writers. The deadline to submit for Contests and Evaluations is May 15, 11:59pm.
URL: 40th Annual SWA Southeastern Writers Workshop

Title: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: Until April 30th; $195- $210 until conference.
Conf. Dates:6/25/2015 - 6/27/2015
Info:Jesse Florea is the keynote speaker.
URL: Kentucky Christian Writers Conference

Title: Readercon 26
State: MA
Registration Due: Closes on June 15. All others must pay at door.
Conf. Dates:7/9/2015 - 7/12/2015
Info:Readercon is an conference dedicated to speculative or imaginary literature. This is our 26th year and our Guests of Honor are Gary Wolfe and Nicola Griffith with Memorial Guest of Honor Joanna Russ.
URL: Readercon

Title: Chesapeake Writers' Conference
State: Maryland
Registration Due: Rolling Admissions
Conf. Dates:7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015
Info:Join us on Maryland’s Western Shore—five minutes from the Chesapeake, ten from the Potomac–for a week of craft talks, lectures, panel discussions, and readings, as well as daily workshops in fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. It is possible to receive college course credit for the work you do at the conference.

Title: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women
State: ME
Registration Due: Early Registration Ends June 1, Save $200
Conf. Dates:9/27/2015 - 10/7/2015
Info:Write and explore your creativity overlooking the rocky Maine coast in Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. Our day flows in a magical rhythm that rises from this soulful land, the rocks, the sea and the air. Through our writing, our circle work and sharing meals that are culinary delights, we slough off our outer world self and enter the timeless, creative space within. Here we meet our unfettered creative self-perhaps for the first time!
URL: 18th Annual Writing and Creativity Retreat For Women

Title: 2015 Ann Arbor Book Festival Writers’ Conference
State: Michigan
Registration Due: Registration Required.
Conf. Dates:6/20/2015
Contact:Dawn Richberg,
URL: 2015 Ann Arbor Book Festival Writers’ Conference

Title: The Frost Place Conference on Poetry
State: New Hampshire
Registration Due: Deadline: June 15, accepted on a rolling basis.
Conf. Dates:7/12/2015 - 7/18/2015
Info:Spend a week at "intensive poetry camp" with writers who are deeply committed to learning more about the craft of writing poetry. The Frost Place Conference on Poetry offers daily workshops, classes, lectures, writing and revising time in a supportive and dynamic environment. Faculty: Martha Rhodes, Gabriel Fried, Joan Houlihan, John Murillo, Patrick Phillips.
Contact:Sarah Audsley,
URL: The Frost Place Conference on Poetry

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: New York Book Festival
State: New York
Registration Due: Registration deadline is May 25th.
Conf. Dates:6/19/2015 - 6/20/2015
Info:The New York Book Festival honors books worthy of further attention from the world publishing capitol.
URL: New York Book Festival

Title: The New York City Poetry Festival
State: NY
Registration Due: No Registration deadline
Conf. Dates:7/25/2015 - 7/26/2015
Info:250 poets. 75 organizations, 5 boroughs. 3 stages. 2 days. ONE CITY. Headliners include Nick Flynn, Patricia Spears Jones, David Matlin, and Fran Quinn.
URL: The New York City Poetry Festival

Title: HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers by Hippocampus Magazine
State: PA
Registration Due: July 15, 2015 - (Early-Bird Ends May 15)
Conf. Dates:8/7/2015 - 8/9/2015
URL: HippoCamp: A Conference for Creative Nonfiction Writers by Hippocampus Magazine

Title: American Christian Fiction Writers
State: SC
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/16/2015 - 3/16/2016
Info:The South Carolina Chapter of American Fiction Writers meets the fourth Saturday of each month from 2:00-5:00PM at North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 N. Main Street, Anderson, South Carolina. Visitors are welcome. The meetings consist of a speaker on various writing subjects, then a manuscript critique session and a great opportunity to network with other writers.
URL: American Christian Fiction Writers

Title: LexiCon Writers Conference
State: TX
Registration Due: Deadline July 15th.
Conf. Dates:7/17/2015 - 7/19/2015
Info:A networking opportunity for all writers to improve their product, marketing, and promotion.
URL: LexiCon Writers Conference

Title: Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers
State: UT
Registration Due: Deadline: June 12
Conf. Dates:6/15/2015 - 6/19/2015
Info:An intensive conference with 20 hours of hands-on manuscript help with a published author and 20+ hours of a variety of classes. WIFYR classes focus on children's literature from picture book to a young adult novel. For 2015, our instructors include: David Wolverton, Kathi Appelt, Julie Berry, Carol Lynch Williams and many more.
URL: Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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